Ruby Tandoh is your favourite ever Great British Bake Off contestant

The series 2013 finalist and food columnist beat 2011 winner Joanne Wheatley and 2014 contestants Martha Collison and Richard Burr in a poll of every Bake Off contestant

This is a particularly sweet victory: Ruby Tandoh has been voted the favourite Great British Bake Off contestant ever. The 2013 finalist saw off stiff-peaked competition to win in a poll featuring every single GBBO baker from five years of the hit BBC show.


Over 5,000 people voted in total, with Tandoh just beating 2011 winner Jo Wheatley by fewer than a hundred votes.

Bake Off’s youngest ever contestant Martha Collison came in third, with 2014 finalist Richard Burr in fourth.

Series six is just about to start this Wednesday 5th August on BBC1, but it was Ruby’s appearance when the show was still on BBC2 that proved most memorable amongst readers.

In 2013 she lost to fellow finalist Frances Quinn, but Ruby’s profile has soared since leaving the show. She published her own cookbook in 2014, recorded her own documentary for Radio 4 and now writes a weekly recipe column for The Guardian.

In April this year she chose to announce that she was gay on Twitter, adding this riposte to the social media trolls who suggested there was chemistry between her and judge Paul Hollywood.

The new series is now just around the corner, and fans have already been getting to know the new contestants on Twitter before an oven has even been switched on.

We’ll have to wait and see whether any of them can prove as memorable as Ruby when it comes to the nation’s most-watched entertainment show. readers’ top ten Great British Bake Off contestants:

  1. Ruby Tandoh (series 4) 
  2. Joanne Wheatley (series 2)
  3. Martha Collison (series 5) 
  4. Richard Burr (series 5) 
  5. James Morton (series 3) 
  6. Mary-Anne Boermans (series 2) 
  7. John Whaite (series 3) 
  8. Norman Calder (series 5)
  9. Howard Middleton (series 4)
  10. Cathryn Dresser (series 3)

Paul Hollywood will be at the Radio Times Festival this September. Tickets are available here.